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New Avios redemption option to Florence with Vueling

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Vueling is an airline you may not have heard of.  It is a semi-low-cost carrier partly owned by Iberia (and bookable on the Iberia site) operating across Europe.

British Airways, as we know, does not operate any flights from outside London.  However, Vueling runs a few routes from Cardiff (Alicante, Barcelona, Majorca, Malaga) and Edinburgh (Barcelona).  Click through to read my earlier post.

Vueling flights can be booked on Avios, and at the Reward Flight Saver rate.   However, they can only be booked via Iberia Plus. You will need to transfer BAEC or avios.com Avios into Iberia Plus to book these seats, and you need to be an Iberia Plus member for 90 days before you can transfer into Iberia Plus.

From March 31st, Vueling is opening a new base in Florence.  One of the flights will be a daily route to London Heathrow, which will be the first time that the two airports have been linked.

(Meridiana operates a flight from Gatwick to Florence.  This is a BA codeshare, but cannot be booked with Avios.)

The outbound flight on most days leave Heathrow at 16.35, arriving in Florence at 19.35.  The return leaves Florence at 14.15, arriving into Heathrow at 15.40.

Fares seem to be around €200 return, so if you can secure a Reward Flight Saver seat (€35 of taxes) via Iberia Plus then you will get a good deal.

For completeness, the other routes flown direct from London by Vueling are:

  • A Coruna
  • Barcelona
  • Bilbao
  • Galicia
  • Majorca

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (1)

  • neuromancer says:

    I think I’d better mention that changes and refunds are not permitted for Vueling awards (to avoid surprises during booking or later).